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Mosquito Description and Habits
Adult mosquitoes are about 1/4-inch long, with long legs, a pair of clear wings and a slender body. The body and wing veins are covered with scales. The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Skuse), was first detected in Texas in 1985 and is now a wide-spread and common species. It is distinctly black with white markings on the body and legs. The thorax is marked with a single white stripe down the middle.Females of “standing water” mosquito species (Anopheles, Coquilettidia, Culiseta, Culex species) deposit masses of eggs in “rafts” on the water surface, while “floodwater” species (Aedes, Psorophora species) lay eggs either on plants on or below a still water surface or in moist soil depressions that will be subject to later flooding. Time for eggs to hatch varies with species from 16 to 24 hours to more than two years for floodwater mosquitoes.
Habitat and Food Sources
Blood-feeding females have piercing-sucking mouth parts and usually must ingest a blood meal in order to develop eggs. Males, as well as females, sip nectar, honeydew and fruit juices.
Mosquito species vary in aquatic larval habitats, ranging from ponds, puddles, containers and tree holes to other sources of standing, slow moving, fresh or salty water. Large numbers of mosquitoes can develop in swamps, tidal marshes, flood water and rice fields. Male mosquitoes swarm in “clouds” to attract females. Mosquitoes can fly and disperse with the wind.
Bites and Diseases
Adult females bite and may transmit diseases such as malaria, filariasis, West Nile, arthropod-borne viruses such as yellow fever, denge and encephalitis. Saliva, injected by females while engorging on blood causes itching. There are about 55 species of mosquitoes in Texas (170 species nationally).
-Scientific information provided by – Texas A&M University